The third day of action at the 2014 Grand Prix Hassan II saw an additional 12 matches play out as the tournament began to distinguish those who are true threats for winning the singles and doubles titles. Here is an overview of the results from Wednesday:
Victor Hanescu def. No. 1 Kevin Anderson; 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Federico Delbonis def. Filip Peliwo; 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4
Aleksandr Nedovyesov def. No. 7 Robin Haase; 7-6 (6), 6-4
Pablo Carreno Busta def. Tobias Kamke; 6-1, 6-2
Jiri Vesely def. Leonardo Mayer; 6-4, 6-3
Albert Montanes def. Kenny De Schepper; 6-2, 6-3
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Mikhail Kukushkin; 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6)
No. 1 Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau def. Leonardo Mayer/Carlos Berlocq; 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Jamie Murray/John Peers def. Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa; 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 Colin Fleming/Jonathan Marray def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez/Philipp Oswald; 6-2, 6-4
Daniele Bracciali/Federico Delbonis def. Martin Fischer/Rogier Wassen; 6-2, 6-3
Lukas Dlouhy/Tomasz Bednarek def. Christopher Kas/Julian Knowle; 6-3, 6-4
Top singles seed Kevin Anderson fell in a shocking upset to Victor Hanescu in straight sets, each ending in a score of 6-4. Anderson figured to challenge for the title since he made the final in 2013, but his run has come to a premature, unexpected end.
But that wasn't the only upset of the day. Robin Haase, a seventh seed, was defeated in a tense opening-set tiebreaker before falling in the second set 6-4. That knocks out two of the marquee contenders already, opening up the field for the rest of the players.
Sixth-seeded Federico Delbonis managed to avoid a similar fate by eliminating Filip Peilwo in three sets. Delbonis was unable to dispose of the unseeded upstart in a second-set tiebreaker before closing it out in the decisive frame.
The rest of the singles matches were straight-sets victories, but Spanish standout Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was pushed to tiebreakers in both sets in defeating Mikhail Kukushkin.
As for the doubles action, a tough day on the court continued for Leonardo Mayer, who lost in singles and then fell with his partner to the No. 1 seed tandem of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, 6-1, 6-1.
That unfortunate fate for Mayer in doubles also held true for Garcia-Lopez. He fell in the doubles to the No. 3-seeded team, Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray, though he did win his singles showdown like Pablo Carreno Busta.
Delbonis managed to go 2-0 on the day in winning both his singles and doubles matches.
The fourth day of tennis promises to be all the more compelling due to the absences of Anderson and Haase from the field, which could inspire more unseeded players to perform at a high level. Adjusting to the beginning of clay-court season is a factor that can allow the underdogs to be more aggressive and attack the more seasoned pros trying to find their grooves.
Among those scheduled to play on Thursday Garcia-Lopez, who will look to continue his singles run along with the third through fifth seeds in Benoit Paire, Marcel Granollers and Joao Sousa respectively. If Day 3 was any indication, perhaps more upsets are in store.